Sunday, March 6, 2016

Anderson Thunderbolts turn Giant-killers

RESULTS -- TNB Cup q-finals Second Leg:
  Perlis Young Lions Juniors 0 SSTMI Thunderbolts 8.
  (SSTMI win on 15-1 aggregate).
  Anderson Thunderbolts 2 UniKL Young Guns 2.
  (Anderson win on 5-4 aggregate).
  BJSS Juniors 0 BJSS Thunderbolts 10.
  (BJSS Thunderbolts win on 16-3 aggregate).
  Sabah Sports School 2 SSP-MSP Thunderbolts 6.
  (SSP-MSP win on 14-3 aggregate).

ANDERSON Thunderbolts created Junior Hockey League (JHL) history when they held UniKL Young Guns 2-2 in the Second Leg quarter-finals to become the first Division Two team to advance to the TNB Cup semi-finals on 5-4 aggregate.
  Rising from Division Two, by becoming champions in the play-off and claiming a spot in Division One next season, the Ipoh school lads also made sure that the semi-finals is an all-Thunderbolts affair.
  Anderson will now play BJSS Thunderbolts in the two-leg semis on Wednesday and Friday, while the other semis will be between SSTMI Thunderbolts and SSP-MSP Thunderbolts.
  Anderson, who beat Division One team UniKL Young Guns 3-2 in Bukit Jalil in the first leg, rose to the occassion to hold them at the Azlan Shah Stadium yesterday.
  Najme Hayazi (22nd and 27th) became the hero for Anderson, before UniKL fought back with goals from Zul Yadain Kasman (55th) and Wan Haziq Hisyamuddin (61st) but lost out on aggregate.
  "I told my players before the match if they give their best, they will create history which will be sweet memories for them decades to come and they rose to the challenge," said Anderson team manager Saiyuti Samat.
  Anderson's fairytale started by becoming Division Two Group A champions, followed by winning the Division Two play-off final 1-0 against BJSS Juniors.
  They earned their rights to play in Division One next season, and then became giant-killers by edging UniKL who finished third in Division One.
  "Now, we want to go even further by beating BJSS (Thunderbolts) In the semi-finals. I believe my players deserve to play in the final of the TNB Cup as well," said Saiyuti.